The Truth About The NFL And Its Sudden Interest In The National Anthem

Submitted by: normalfreak2 2 months ago in News & Politics Sports


NFL players standing for the National Anthem? Follow the money -- the NFL doesn't care about patriotism, they were paid off.

Stephen A. Smith explains why the US Department of Defense paid the NFL to boost military recruitment. This is Paid Patriotism. That's it. That's all I'm going to say on this subject.
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Male 2,246
Using "Trump logic" people in wheelchairs are un-American....Let that sink in.

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Male 2,246
Raising the Rebel flag or the Nazi flag is legal. So fuck being a "Trump Patriot". I'd rather be a patriot who defends America's constitution. I wish they'd bring it back-Instead of the "Patriot Act". That isn't patriotic at all.
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Male 1,561
normalfreak2 great info, I guess I never noticed that.  I think at baseball games they came out of the dugout but in football they came running out of the locker room at the end of the anthem.

Now, to the issue: so what?  Currently the players are on the field for the anthem and while the history of how or why that came to be is interesting, it’s hardly important or relevant to the respect one shows to the flag and the anthem.
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Male 8,198
woodyville06 Why is standing respect but kneeling considered disrespect?  Is kneeling in the same vein as Burning, spitting, ripping, stomping?  I think people have their priorities messed up.  I hope people realize kneeling started because Colin Kapernick SPOKE TO A bunch of green berets and asked them how he should go about doing this.  This was the Green Beret's suggestion.  It's ludicrous to believe that kneeling is disrespectful while standing is considered respectful  There is no "right way" to respect the flag.  Everyone can respect it in their own way. This whole conversation is stupid.

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Male 1,561
normalfreak2 a couple of comments:

1. you are right, the whole conversation is stupid.

2. The recommended method of showing respect during the anthem is to stand, face the flag either leave your hands by your side, place right hand over your heart or render a military salute.  

3. From what I read in the provided link it was one SF guy that talked dickweed into at least kneeling instead of sitting on his ass which is what he wanted to do in the first place (notice SF dude didn’t kneel, he stood, hand over heart).

Editorial: Ursurping major events to send a political message is an effective strategy of the disenfranchised to bring their cause to the public eye where they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to.  This tool could have dug into his car seat and pulled out enough cash to get airtime on every network and newspaper for that purpose.  He could have solicited support to stand by him in his cause (which was what? I can’t remember anymore).  He is as effective an organizer as Trump is as president.

Kaepernick, making football great again.
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Male 3,347
it's sports. and athletes. and pointless demonstrations of false patriotism. 
Who. Fucking. Cares?
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Male 8,198
captkangaroo Agreed, What I'm seeing is Patriotism being turned into Nationalism, Are we repeating history here in America?  
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Male 3,347
normalfreak2 
Yup, which - as we are seeing - devolves quickly into anarchy and violence.
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Male 4,191
Maybe one day our president will call Nazis "sons of bitchs", not THIS president, i mean if we manage to elect an actually decent human being.
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Male 3,347
daegog 
Decent human beings don't run for office.
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Male 6,627
duh, they are a part of the mass media, and the mass media has signaled it's against the leader, whom they are still butt-hurt over winning.  If stories of Russia failed, then they'll move to having celebrities slander.  If celebrities slandering fails they'll move to sports teams.  When this fails they'll continue to whine and complain.  It would be hilarious if it didn't catch so many people up in its delusions.

Just avoid the media, and laugh at their ridiculousness, and warn others of the danger of considering what they say as 'fact',  because it leads people to believe lies and makes things worse.
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Male 4,191
Where the fuck was all this conservative angst when GODDAMN NAZIs where marching thru American streets?

If you are mad at nfl players and not the nazis, then fuck you.
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Male 446
daegog It could be that they don't feel obligated to run through the list of unrelated  ideas they're also opposed to, every time they disagree with something. This issue is getting a lot more mention than Nazis did. How's this: I'm against the disrespect shown for our national anthem, and I hate Nazis. I also hate summer squash, traffic jams, and mosquitoes.
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Male 8,792
This is the last, dying gasp of a sports association that is no longer relevant.
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Male 357
megrendel Ratings are down but it is still the most profitable thing on tv.
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Male 41,571
I remind people that just a few years ago the NFL actively fined and punished players for the unpardonable sin of... praying after a touchdown.
The NFL's leadership (the owners, Player's Association and commissionaire's office) have completely lost touch with their fan-base. That and ESPN's bizarre decision to politicize their entire network :p
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Male 4,191
5cats More of your nonsensical lies.  Players have been praying after touchdowns since 1977.  Why in the fuck would someone get fined a few years ago?

Tebow sure as fuck never got fined by the league for praying and that fucker was kneeling and praying after every touchdown (he was so bad, you can legit say it was a miracle that he managed to score).

Barry Sanders, Isaac Bruce, Russel Wilson, and others pray after every TD.

The only guy i have seen get dinged for praying was, take a guess, a muslim guy named Husain Abdullah, even tho the NFL said the refs fucked up and should not have flagged him.

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Male 41,571
daegog Without bothering to look much, I see he was fined for several other things, maybe not his praying. 

However? Compare the media shit-storm which attacked him for doing so? The same one which ignored dozens of Black players who regularly bowed in prayer after a touchdown. I remember that part well enough thanks.

Oh here's something:
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/9318760/how-media-mania-made-former-nfl-quarterback-tim-tebow-impossible-hire-espn-magazine

He WAS fined by his TEAM for various things related to his praying, if not directly 'for it' ok?
And he was also kicked out of football shortly thereafter, just like Colin. Yet the MSM or various liberals didn't race around shouting about his rights and stuff. They were happy to see him (a fine Christian) go.
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Male 4,191
5cats IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH PRAYING

Tebow was fined for this sign



Some fan put the sign up (tebow hactually had nothing to do with the sign) He was fined  (by his teammates) for not coming out to the media and saying that it was the coaches job to determine who starts and he supports that decision, typical football shit.

It had nothing at all to do with him or anyone else praying.  People like 5cats just love pretending that christians are oppressed.
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Male 90
5cats ,  source on these fines for praying?
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Male 41,571
david-morris Fined by the team, not the league, my mistake.
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Male 4,191
david-morris his own delusions, which are quite in-depth and varied.
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Male 90
daegog , yeah.  I refuse to debate with him since he's just getting his jollies by doing this.  I did want to know his source on that "fact" though.
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Male 41,571
david-morris Good, go away and stop talking to me, bye now!
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Male 271
You think America has anthem problems?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhZQ_vuQAaA
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Female 1,609
mikesex LOL!
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Male 21,129
Wasn't there a Simpsons episode loosely based on this?

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Male 1,541
NFL viewership is way down.  Lets see, what free publicity stunt could the NFL do to get all sorts of free publicity?  Hmmm, players kneeling to disrespect the flag/country, and have them say it is NOT about disrespect, but instead about RACISM (in the sport that is the least racist in the whole world).  Ugh
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Male 149
Millionaires playing a ball game for the entertainment of underpaid working class stiffs. Just bring back gladiatorial combat. 
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Male 1,891
moldysod This is the gladiatorial combat of the day.  It is entertainment and these people are on a stage.  The owners and commission need to step up and set the rules.  For right now, they're enjoying greater exposure because people like me don't give a shit about football until superbowl sunday when the commercials worth watching are finally put on the air.

This isn't a matter of freedom of speech, it's a matter of showmanship and what show is being put on.
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